Editing Your Book: 3 Tips for Copy Editing

Book editing, especially copy editing, tightens words and ideas in your written work. Earlier we shared several tips for the structural editing process once you’ve finished writing. Book editing is a multi-step process and once you have established a solid narrative with a compelling storyline, you are ready to move on to copy editing. Here are 3 tips for copy editing to make you book the best it can be.

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What is Copy Editing?

Copy editing is the process of verifying the accuracy of your written text. During the book editing process, you are not changing the content or ideas. Focus only on formatting, style and if all words are correct.

3 Tips for Copy Editing

  1. Change Your Perspective

Approaching your novel from the perspective of your reader will help you see if there are flaws or confusing pieces. Take a moment away from your book after finishing it and before editing, to read it with a fresh viewpoint.

  1. Check Formatting

Take a step back and look at words on the page like a piece of art. Do all of the paragraphs line up evenly? Are there similar breaks between chapters? Is the spacing correct? Aim for consistency and visual appeal.

  1. Check Punctuation

Proper punctuation is an important piece of book editing. Read the whole manuscript with a focus on only punctuation. Remove any extra characters and double check items like question marks, commas and quotations.

There are 3 crucial components to book editing which include structural editing, copy editing and proofreading. Knowing how to edit your book will improve the copy and make the story more compelling. Changing your perspective, looking at the novel’s formatting and checking all punctuation will help. For more writing tips and inspiration, read some of the other articles on my blog today.

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